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(en) France, Manifesto of the Union Communist Libertaire UCL - Carry an alternative society project (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 3 Aug 2019 11:09:59 +0300


Utopia can have a decisive impact on social movements. By stimulating collective imagination, it fuels immediate struggles, both in their forms and in their objectives, and it can give strength and credit to our struggles by exploring the possibilities of an alternative society. The imaginary is necessary to transform the realities. ---- During the movement against the Labor Law, March 2016. ---- Vincent Nakash / UCL Saint-Denis
We are revolutionary, that is, partisan of a radical transformation of society. Our political action aims at matching our social project and the means to achieve it: the balance sheet of social democracy has shown that we can not fight effectively against capitalism by conquering power by electoral means and by gradually reforming.

Nor does it mean passively waiting for an "ineluctable" rupture: the future is not written anywhere, it will be what we will do, and in each historical situation the field of possibilities is largely open. There is no reason for history to reach its ultimate stage: capitalism will not be the last form of human society. Systems of racist and patriarchal domination are not inevitable.

But self-management socialism and egalitarian social relations will not emerge mechanically at the end of a "final crisis" with only one possible outcome. They will arise from the conscious and determined action of the exploited masses. Materialists, and educated by historical experience, we know that a true popular movement is never "pure". It can be populated by contradictory forces, progressive as retrograde, each of which tries to make prevail its political project. Revolutionaries can not be content to distribute good and bad points externally. It is in the struggles that they and they can hope to influence the events.

Against isolated armed action
Revolutionary, we are not in favor of a violent solution. The essential thing in a process of transformation is in the constructive work, which requires a self-defense of the population to preserve the gains. But the degree of violence of a revolution is first chosen and imposed by the overthrowing ruling classes. This violence may therefore be necessary. We must then be vigilant, to guard against excesses and the danger of militarization.

Except in situations of dictatorship or military or colonial occupation, we are opposed to armed minority action by groups cut off from the population and the social movement. Armed action, conducted under these conditions, leads to dangerous confrontation with the state ; it leads to the reinforcement of the latter and the isolation of those who practice it.

Obviously, we do not confuse armed minority action with the hard forms taken by the struggles of workers and the population in defense of their achievements and their struggles. The legitimacy of the action of the revolutionaries is not fixed in terms of respect for a legality imposed by the state but evolves according to the conscience of the masses.

Imagine to transform reality
A revolutionary project is necessary, alternative to state socialism and liberalism. A project that aims to implement a libertarian communism at the level of the whole society, on the economic level (socialization of the means of production and products of collective work), political (libertarian federalism as an alternative to any centralization of power political) and social (social equality between individuals regardless of gender, sexual orientation, origin, physical or psychological abilities ...).

The development of a revolutionary project is based on historical and contemporary experiences of struggles, taking into account the difficulties encountered. The revolutionary project therefore requires regular reassessment, integrating new social struggles and changes in society.

Utopia can have a decisive impact on social movements. By stimulating collective imagination, it fuels immediate struggles, both in their forms and in their objectives, and it can give strength and credit to our struggles by exploring the possibilities of an alternative society. The imaginary is necessary to transform the realities.

If it seems necessary to us that our current carries such a project, it does not pretend to predict the future, nor to foresee everything, nor to be a set of promises, nor to be the plan any ready of a socialism to build as it is.

It is through their experiences that workers will find their answers to many social issues. But in this elaboration, our proposals can have value of contributions and incitement, influencing the debate of ideas and practices in the most libertarian sense, the most self-managing possible.

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?Porter-un-projet-de-societe-alternatif
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